Feature story “The Delusional Australia Trip” Part 3
Fulfill your heart’s desire to go to Australia in Yamaguchi Prefecture!?
I spot the Great Barrier Reef in Suo-Oshima!
Suo-Oshima, home to the world’s largest population of Alveopora japonica, also called Nihon Awasango (Japanese Daisy Coral).
When you think of the Great Barrier Reef, you think of the world’s largest coral reef located in Australia. And what do you know, according to a 2010 survey, the colony of Japanese Daisy Coral in Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Suo-Oshima has been identified to be the largest in the world.
Although the Japanese Daisy Coral’s behavior has not been clarified and protection methods have not been established, Nagisa Aquarium has been working hard for the protection and appreciation of making epiphytes in the tanks of larvae within the aquariums succeed.
While on the outside they look like coral, they’re in the shape of sea anemones.
The things that look like the tips of flower petals are their tentacles, and within them there is a Zooxanthella or single-celled algae. When the Zooxanthella basks in light, photosynthesis occurs, and its excess is given to the Daisy Coral through symbiosis.
At Nagisa Aquarium, they have a touch tank where you can touch starfish and fish, perfect for little kids to play with them.
There’s still more! The Australia-feel in Yamaguchi Prefecture!
Australia’s hot spring or onsen which was built out of fascination for Japan’s hot springs!
Peninsula Hot Springs
Located in Mornington Peninsula, the southeastern part of Australia,Peninsula Hot Springs is the one and only natural hot spring in Australia.
The hot spring was founded by the Aussie Charles Davidson who was fascinated by Japan’s hot springs.
When he visited Japan’s hot springs, he was obsessed with their charms, traveling all around to Japan’s various hot springs to conduct research. He found a natural hot spring within his hometown Australia and in 2005 opened his business.
Kaminoseki Kaikyo Hot Spring-- Hatoko no Yu
During the Edo Period, Kaminoseki Kaikyo was once the place where Koreans used to travel to and the daimyo who took their alternate-year journeys to Edo would go to relieve their exhaustion while enjoying the views of Setouchi.
Hatoko no Yu was opened as a scenic spot in 2011.
The view of Seto Inland Sea from the outside baths, the pleasant winds, and the sound of the waves hit all five of your senses, making it the perfect location.
The house bath has a ceiling height of 8 meters (26 feet), giving you a sense of liberation.
One of Yamaguchi’s symbols, the SL (Steam Locomotive); Australia also has it.
Puffing Billy Railway
Built in the beginning of the 20th century, the railway is Australia’s oldest retro steam engine railway.
Steam Locomotive Yamaguchi-go
The first 57 model to run on the Yamaguchi Line was engine model C571.
Located near the sea lies the contemporary-designed architecture
Sydney Opera House
This modern structure located in Sydney functions as an opera house, concert hall, and theater.
Shimonoseki Aquarium (Kaikyokan)
Their exhibition on tetraodontiformes fish species is one of their biggest attractions. It also has the world’s largest penguin exhibit tank on display called “Penguin Town”.
＜Special Edition＞There’s a Hawaii in Suo-Oshima!!
From east to west, you search for Australia... And upon examination, you drop in at Suo-Oshima, where there's... a Hawaii?!
During the Meiji Era, many of those in Suo-Oshima left to Hawaii as immigrants, strengthening the relationship between Hawaii and Suo-Oshima. In 1963, Suo-Oshima and Kauai Island in Hawaii became sister cities.
Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii
The museum holds various articles filled with the blood and sweat, courage and strength of those who left behind their hometowns to paint their dreams in the land of a faraway foreign country.
Sazanseto Towa Roadside Service Area
During lunch on Saturdays from July to September, Saturday Hula Dance also known as “Satur-hula” is held. There are also Hawaiian coffee or “Kona coffee” and aloha shirts sold, giving off a Hawaiian atmosphere to the place.
Setouchi Aloha Resort: Green Stay Nagaura
Green Stay Nagaura, modeled after Suo-Oshima’s sister city Kauai Island, was created as a boarding location for those using sports facilities.
The “Satur-hula” night group stays either here or at the hotel and resort called Sunshine Sazanseto.
“The Delusional Australia Trip” (Published 2012)